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Mile by Mile on Britain’s Railways: The LNER, LMS, GWR and Southern Railway in 1947 Hardcover – 24 Apr 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; First Edition edition (24 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136123
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Fascinating archival document…The bygone era of travel by steam train is brought to life’

(Daily Telegraph)

‘This smart book will be of fascination to 21st century eyes. It looks and reads as though it was part of the original 1940s series. Recommended.’

(Steam Railway)

‘an entertaining and useful book’

(Railways Illustrated)

‘This delightful book will remind today’s traveller of the greatest pleasures that were had in the golden age of rail travel’

(Avanti magazine)

About the Author

Little is known about S. N. Pike. He first published his three Mile by Mile guides in 1947. A facsimile edition of the guides was published by Aurum in 2011.

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Format: Hardcover
My father bought the three original booklets, which were self-published paperbacks, in the late 1940's when they first came out. I found them fascinating when I first read them in the 1960's, and equally fascinating now. It should be remembered that they were produced as a personal venture by one man, S.N. Pike, and that all the maps are hand drawn. Given the amount of work and research this would have entailed, the quality is remarkable, as is the level of detail, and it is therefore not surprising that only a modest number of selected routes are covered, as noted by other reviewers. However, half a loaf is much better than none, as there has been nothing remotely equivalent to these booklets since they were written. So, kudos to the publishers for reprinting them in a single hardback volume (much more hard-wearing than the originals!), and for their enterprise in producing the missing section on the GWR (Pike presumably died before he could write this); it would have been nice for it to include the route to Cardiff and Swansea, but you can't have everything. The new GWR section is a worthy effort, though to me it lacks some of the additional insights and related material that Pike included; but again, it is definitely better to have it than not. The cover picture is cleverly adapted from that on the original "Southern Railway" volume, which again helps the period feel. For information, the routes covered are: Kings Cross to Edinburgh via York; Waterloo to Portsmouth, Weymouth, Exeter, Plymouth and Ilfracombe; St Pancras to Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds; Euston to Crewe and Liverpool; Paddington to Penzance and Bristol. Some sections are of course no longer extant.
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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
A delightful bit of rail nostalgia combining Stuart Pike's three look-out-of-the-window guides and a fourth that he never got round to publishing. Not a new idea because I have a 1928 book published by GWR in 1924 for a Paddington to Penzance journey and a 78 page King's Cross to Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen book published by LNER in 1939. Both of these, though, are really guides to the geography and places along the route. Pike took the idea further by combining the landscape comments with a lot of technical information: speeds; gradients; mileage; journey times; cuttings; tunnels; water troughs: speed restrictions and more.

Pike, in the Author's Note for his third booklet, mentions a forthcoming GWR one covering Paddington to Penzance and Bristol. It was never published but is in the book through the research by Matt Thompson and route maps created by Reg Piggott. Both used rail information from 1947. The maps, being newly created look marvelous and it's a pity that Pike's from decades ago are slightly rough in comparison. Incidentally the page numbers are missing from the LMS booklet (Euston to Liverpool and St Pancras to Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds).

You can still travel, by rail, along the routes in the book but so much has changed since just after the war years, especially the disappearance of so many minor stations. One thing that hasn't are the roads that go under or over the tracks, especially in country areas and these might be the only thing that has remained constant. I recently spent a pleasant hour or so following the route from Waterloo to Southampton on Southern using the maps in the book and the 'AA Close-up Britain atlas'.

'Mile by mile' is the ideal title for the armchair rail fan capturing the feel of the railways when they really meant something to the country.

>>>LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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This is a facsimile reprint of the original four titles , now long out of print, in the same format but with a hard back cover (the originals were card) plus an extra bit to finish the GWR pamphlet from a different author. This is a must have guide for anyone wanting a guide to the principle line characteristics and lineside features of some major British rail links in 1947.
The SR gets the most coverage, with most of the Western section included. Coverage of the LMS includes Euston-Liverpool, St.Pancras-Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham.
The LNER covers Kings Cross -Edinburgh and The GWR covers Paddington-Bristol and Penzance. Altogether a nice re-package of sought after steam era memorabilia.
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As a long time Raiwaly Enthusiast (since aprox 1943) I purchased all three of these pamphlets when first published. Due to household removals from London to the North West in 1949 over the years I had mislaid my original copies. Imagine my Joy when I discovered they had been re-produced and included the GWR Edition. Its now in Hardbacked Form and is full of nostalgia and information one can trace many locations even to-day. The puchase price from Amazon which included free Postage was just wonderful value. Highly recommended for any Main line rail journeys.
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Very enjoyable book.
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Just bought this as a birthday present for my husband. He's really pleased with it, it does what it says on the tin but... How frustrating is it as he can't find any page numbers though these are referred to constantly in the index and beyond? Just wondered if he's missing something as it rather spoils a great little addition for a steam railway fan.
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